International survey shows the 94% of UK students think that it's good to stand up for others

Research shows that over 90% of students in the United Kingdom think that it's a good thing to stand up for others, which is significantly higher than the average of OECD countries (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development).

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial survey of 15-year-old students around the world that assesses the extent to which they have acquired the key knowledge and skills essential for full participation in society. The assessment focuses on the core school subjects of reading, mathematics and science. Students’ proficiency in an innovative domain is also assessed; in 2018, this domain was global competence

Here is a summary of the key findings in the United Kingdom relating to bullying

  • When it comes to students’ well-being, 53% of students in the United Kingdom reported that they are satisfied with their lives, compared to 67% on average across OECD countries. Some 93% of students reported sometimes or always feeling happy and about 9% of students reported always feeling sad. The level of exposure to bullying at school was slightly higher than average in the United Kingdom: 27% of students reported being bullied at least a few times a month, compared to 23% on average across OECD countries.
  • In the United Kingdom, 27% of students reported being bullied at least a few times a month, compared to 23% on average across OECD countries. Yet, 94% of students in the United Kingdom (and 88% of students on average across OECD countries) agreed or strongly agreed that it is a good thing to help students who cannot defend themselves.
  • On average across OECD countries, 21% of students had skipped a day of school and 48% of students had arrived late for school in the two weeks prior to the PISA test. In the United Kingdom, 19% of students had skipped a day of school and 39% of students had arrived late for school during that period. In most countries and economies, frequently bullied students were more likely to have skipped school, whereas students who value school enjoyed a better disciplinary climate, scored higher in the reading assessment and received greater emotional support from parents were less likely to have skipped school.
  • Some 93% of students in the United Kingdom reported sometimes or always feeling happy and about 9% of students reported always feeling sad. In most countries and economies, including the United Kingdom, students were more likely to report positive feelings when they reported a stronger sense of belonging at school and greater student co-operation. Students were more likely to express sadness when they were bullied more frequently.

Full PISA report of 2018 results http://www.oecd.org/pisa/publications/pisa-2018-results.htm

PISA 2018 report - UK findings http://www.oecd.org/pisa/publications/PISA2018_CN_GBR.pdf